Armed suspects assault clerk, customer in two gas station robberies

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Three men robbed a Speedway gas station on German Church Road early Thursday morning. 

According to Cumberland Police, the suspects wore masks and one of them was armed. The 18-year old clerk told officers one of the robbers hit him with a pistol, and they got away with cash.

About 45 minutes later, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the Speedway at 62nd Street and Allisonville Road. Three masked men were trying to enter the store, when a customer stopped them.

One of the men was armed and another punched the customer in the face.

“I feel it was a 20 gauge shotgun of some sort and when I confronted them and they hit me and assaulted, they left,” said Nicholas Russell, who visits that Speedway location often.

Russell said the men ran to a nearby parking lot where there was a white four door sedan waiting for them.

No arrests have been made in either of Thursday’s Speedway incidents.

A McDonald’s in Hancock County was also robbed Thursday morning.

A liquor store at 1517 North Arlington Avenue was robbed late Wednesday night. The suspect had a handgun and told a worker at the store if she didn’t open the register he would kill her. The man stole about 250 dollars in cash.

Officers are also still investigating two robberies at Speedway gas stations early Tuesday morning, one of which occurred at the same Speedway where the attempted robbery happened Thursday morning.

The first robbery Tuesday occurred just before 12:30 a.m. at the Speedway station at 56th and Emerson, and the second robbery happened just before 2 a.m. Tuesday at another Speedway gas station at 62nd Street and Allisonville Road.

There are several reasons that lead police to believe the robberies are connected.

First off, the robberies occurred at two separate Speedway gas stations less than two miles apart and within 90 minutes of each other.
Both times the suspects stole cigarettes and money. Additionally one suspect showed a handgun at each robbery.

Police described the two as black males in dark clothing, and one was wearing a camouflage bucket hat. No one was hurt in either of the robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.